Strategic Plan 2022-23

Executive summary

National Network of Healthcare Hygienists (NNHH) is a 501c (3) group of registered dental hygienists (RDH) that reside in one of the 50 United States and have a desire to see oral systemic disease prevention formally integrated into medical systems. As a group, we believe our nation’s oral systemic health is suffering due to the current separation of dentistry and medicine. We intend to be the bridge between the medical and dental silos.

Vision Strives to be the recognized leader in providing total integration of registered dental hygienists within healthcare systems to improve overall systemic health and wellness in the United States.

Mission To connect and support the dental hygiene professional’s integration and collaboration with the medical field via resources, certificate programs, and networking.

Values Integration, Collaboration, Expansion, Community

Objectives        

Goal I - Increase Our Reach & Impact

To build upon our existing foundational certification with new alliances, memberships, and partnerships which will expand our reach further into the dental hygiene student community, dental community, and the medical community. Add integrative webinars, and articles, to our offerings, and expand into Canada and other English speaking nations.

Goal II - Apply for Accreditation

Once we have enough data from our foundational certificate program, Oral Systemic Educator, attain accreditation as a certificate granting organization.

Goal III - Develop an Oncology Certification & Pilot Program

Use other successful oral health oncology programs as models to develop an all inclusive Oncology Certificate Program which would prepare Registered Dental Hygienists to work collaboratively in Oncology settings and on Oncology teams. Develop and test a pilot program with the knowledge and structure we develop to ensure there are no gaps in learning that would prevent an RDH from integrating seamlessly into an oncology setting.

Beyond 2023

  • That every healthcare system in the United States includes a Registered Dental Hygienist on their collaborative care team by the year 2025 
  • Assist with creation of new coding and billing systems, both in dentistry and medicine
  • To create additional certificate programs in areas of medicine enabling Registered Dental Hygienists to specialize in multiple medical disciplines, plus updates on previous programs as required by science and research